Alumni Bios - MAs

Alumni Bios - MAs

Alumni Biographies - MA

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Sara Bijani

Amber Innis

John Jouppi

Samantha Lewis

William McQuitty

Audrey Thompson



Francis I. Bonenfant
Thesis: A "Human" diplomacy : the American Friends Service Committee in Israel, 1950-1961.
Francis is enrolled in the Peace Studies Graduate Program at University of Notre Dame.

Bill Braaksma

Lindsey A. Cox
Thesis: Marriage and marital relations in the episcopal registers of fourteenth-century Barcelona.
Lindsey is currently a Ph.D. student at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Rex J. Hafer

Siera M Hammond

Jesse J Hysell

Rachel Juen

Tyler Miller

Caitlin B. Murphy

Samantha Steel
Thesis: "Ties that bind : Thomas Jefferson and the utility of education"
Samantha Steele, after graduating with her MA in 2011, enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s PhD program in History. She is funded through the University’s writing program and teaches a freshman composition course. She has presented at the Great Lakes History Conference and the East Central Writing Center Association Conference.

Ryan Storr

William D. Watson



Lisa A. Anderson

Kristi J. Dunn

Peter A. Larr

Kevin N. Lentz
Mr. Lentz earned his MA in Public History. He moved to Binghamton, New York and assumed a position as Assistant to the Director at the Tioga County (NY) Historical Society. He was recently promoted to Executivev Director of the Historical Society.

Ryan Walters
Bachelor of Science in Education (GVSU)- Spring 2000 Major: History Minors: Psychology/ Physical Education
Master's Degree: M.A. History (WMU) - Spring 2010

Ryan teaches for St. Joseph High School.



Rachel Graff Becker

Jeff Bessinger

Ashley Emerson

Jack Gooman

Ariana Horn

Dennis Miller

Andrew Peim

Paul Pipik

Matthew Schuld
Matthew is currently the Museum Manager for the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Elkhart, IN.

David Shoup

Laura Taylor

Benjamin Tenney



Kirsta Anderson

Almyr Lake Bump

Mike Cheyne

Terra Engelman

Keena Graham

Amy Hudson

Andrew Mutero

Andrew Mwangi Mutero

Christina Smith

Jeffrey Welc



Christopher Carr

Matthew Combs

Kristi J. Dunn

Adam R. MacDonald

Cristina Moody

John Stempien

Jason Stiglitz

Jill Straub


Shawn M Adrian

Jennifer Black

Pamela Dye

John Fraire

Lawrence Lynn

Donia Pelton

Peter Sewell

Uschett T. Slosh

John MatthewSmith

Scott VanDyke



Sheila E. Clark

Coreen Derifield

Jennifer Gaydos

Philip Grace

Trena Sanders

John Scholl

Thomas J. Vance

Antonio Zaldivar

Elizabeth Zanoni

Hanmo Zhang



Michael J. Basista

Michael K. Deen

Douglas Austin Dentino

Genoveva Garcia-Gallardo

Marius F. Nielsen

Sarah B. Townsend

Samuel P. Welsh



Hollie D. Bonnema

Karen Curtis Byrd

Kelly M. Wilcox

James Allen Williams

Jennifer Helen Wohlberg


Timothy Alan Ehrhardt

Michael D. Mulligan

Robert Scott Sawall



Leo Barron

Josh Cochran

Michael V. DeVitt

Ronald M. Kendzierski, Jr.,

Eric D. Owen

Brian Kendall Robins



Matthew G. Anderson

James Robert Gavan

Michelle Lynn Hill

Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff

Marc Everet Kline

Scott M. Minehart

Cindy Marie Olsen



Douglas A. Becker

Sonya L. Dintaman

William David Gibson

Maribel Izquierdo-Rodriguez

Paula Lange

Tatyana Puchkova

Daniel J. VandenHeede
Mr. VandenHeede is a teacher in the Dowagiac Public Schools.

Lawrence D. Withrow



Ion Matei Costinescu

Jane Mund

Michael A. Ryan



Jason Kent Aikens

Michelle Martin de Figueroa

Carson J. Leftwich

Dr. Jerry Allen Moon

Dr. Moon is chair of the Church History Department in the Seminary at Andrews University; editor of a theological journal, Andrews University Seminary Studies; and head elder of the St. Joseph, Michigan, Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jerry and wife Sue (Staples) graduated from Union College (1971-72) and spent 11 years in pastoral and evangelistic ministry. With Sue’s support, Jerry went on to Andrews University (M.Div., 1974, Ph.D., 1993) and joined the Seminary faculty in 1994.
Jerry’s favorite classes to teach are Writings of Ellen G. White, History of the SDA Church, and Development of SDA Theology. He has also taught History of SDA Education, Radical Reformation (sixteenth-century Anabaptists), and several other courses.
Jerry recently co-authored (with Woodrow Whidden and John W. Reeve) The Trinity: Understanding God’s Love, His Plan of Salvation, and Christian Relationships (Review and Herald, 2002). Jerry is also co-editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, forthcoming from Review and Herald. His dissertation, W. C. White and Ellen G. White: The Relationship between the Prophet and Her Son, was published by Andrews University Press in 1993.

Kris W. Rzepczynski

Timothy David Willig
Ph.D. from UMass Amherst (2003)
Dr. Willig is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University South Bend, where he specializes in early American & Native American history. His monograph, RESTORING THE CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP: BRITISH POLICY AND THE INDIANS OF THE GREAT LAKES (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) was well received and nominated for several awards, including the Bancroft Prize. Presently, he is undertaking a biographical study on Major John Norton of the Grand River, Upper Canada, circa War of 1812.



Anthony P. Glesner

Jack Michael Green

Scott M. Gyenes

Yoshinari Hosaka

Karen Lynn Miller

Timothy A. Paxton

Barbara Boyink Sears

Jo Anne Thomas

Jean-Paul W. Vivian




Gregory Paul Culver

Kenneth R. Dvorak

Robert Neydon Karrer

Cathleen Melissa Khavari

Karin M. Kovacs

Hui Ping Lui

Robert Carleton Myers

Eugene Wesley Smith

Byron Leigh Upchurch



DeGroot, David A.

Kissell, Mr. Jeffrey Lee

Laabs, Mr. Michael Francis

Lutes, Joseph Kent

Robin Seage Person

M.A. (1994) History (Museum Studies), Western Michigan University
B.A. (1988) Biology, Albion College

Robin Seage Person has worked in the museum field for over 25 years, learning all facets of museum management, from grant writing and publicity to collections and exhibition building. She is currently the Branch Director of Historic Jefferson College, an 80-acre state-owned historic site in Washington, Mississippi, a position she has held since 2008. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Cottonlandia Museum, a private general museum in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where she developed the state's largest summer program for students. She serves as on officer on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Museums Conference, where she won the Museum Leadership Award in 2009, and is a state past president of the Mississippi Museums Association. Person has a particular interest in small museums, and enjoys the challenge of utilizing all her skills on a daily basis. She passes on her knowledge by conducting workshop programs for regional and state museum organizations on a variety of small museum management topics. In addition to her day job, she is also a jewelry artisan and has her own company, Face in the Sun Custom Jewelry. If there is still time left in the day after museums and jewelry, she designs mobile web sites for organizations and businesses.

Viera, Michelle Margaret



Alspach, Mrs. Judith S.

Houting, Scott P.

Illanz, Mr. Arnold William

Schillaci, Erin



Ambs, Daryl R.

Bos, James John

Coakley, Sean W.

Edwards, John Monro

Younker, Mary M



Al Sheha, Mohammed

Corbus, James Frederick

Custer, Marc J.

Diny, David B.

Garzelloni, Joseph A.

Klemm, David Martin

Pettee, Michael G.



Catherine T. Collopy

Mark Leroy Hayes

Stephen C. Northrop



Jon Dunbar-Cooper

Timothy M. O'Neil

Jody M. Ross

Bruce Arvin Tap

John D. Winchell



Newton L. Chamberlain

Charles Dale Jager

Steven Lawrence Lewis

Allen Lee Pick

Roger Mark Varland



Libby M. Catt

Susan Conklin

David J. DeVries

Michael D. Kowalski



Michael P. Daly

Thomas J. McGaghie

Maria A Perez-Stable
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1986)
M.S.L.S., Case Western Reserve University (1977)
B.A., History, Miami University (1976)
Current position: Head of Central Reference Services, WMU Libraries

Before becoming the Head of Central Reference in 1997, Maria held three positions in the University Libraries since coming to WMU in 1979: Social Sciences Librarian, Education Librarian, and Catalog Librarian. Previous to that, she was a catalog librarian at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.

Leland W. Thornton



Clare E. Adkin

Teresa Turpiano Barry

Brent Coates

Richard A Griffith

Duane Edward Holthof



David Wayne Carmichael

O'Ryan Rickard

Inamae Skutt



W. Wilson Woods


George Boston, Jr.

Tom Mark Greiffendorf

Carol A. Knauss

Linda A Morre

Sidney Mueller

Charles D. Swanson



David Allen Bichle

Larry E. Cable

Gary Lynn Ellis

Donald R. Horton

Russel V. Kohr

Dominic L. Mattone

Gloria J. Messner

Robert P. Stoddard

Esther M. Walton




Janice L. Azimi

Mary Joan Fales

Paul S. Leavenworth

Thomas T. Lutostanski

Roger A. McCarty

John Permesant

Kristin M. Tomlin


Jomes B. Bilsborrow

D.K.R. Crosswell

Wayne E. Eirschele

Gregg A. Newby

Teresa Diane Sharon

Peter D. VanderSchaaf

Patrick N. Welbourne


William A. Coutant

Alfred John Eppens

William ilttle Hafter

Shirley Ort


Richard M. Cahow

Anne Louise Cavanagh

Jessie Chou

Rose A. Covell

Larry J. Frank

Myung-Soon Ha

Valerie Catherine Hauch

Thomas A. Herrick

Robert L Jones

Karen Lynn Knapp

Larry B. Massie

Phyllis G. Pelletier

Charles Sikkenga

Paul M. Trap


Cassius Bultman

Toni L. Fiorillo

Fred Flegal

Richard H. Harms

Kenneth C Kan

Patrick J. Lally

Brenda Fay Lauer

Albert J. Pleysier

Robert Swantek

James D. Swope II


Ingo E. Banse

Virginia A. Caruso

Dennis J. Clarke

Robert W. Eich

Margarete E. Fochtman

Brusce Mitton

Dorothy Priscilla Plato

Laura L Sills

Gary B. Sleeper

Allan Robert Vernier


Donal Lee Bergman

Tom Alan Buursma

Susan Deborah Chaikin

Donald C. Hipp

Kenneth E. Kolk

James Stander


Mary E. Blankenhorn

Joseph C. Jeltema

Kames J. Karagon

William E. McNellie

Walter Rudecki, Jr.


Arnold D. Masunungure

Ruth Ann Writer


Bern G. Allen

Marcella Coschran

Robert C. Engels

John Alan Kriekard

Warren J. Lawrence

Michael R. Micklatcher

Patricia A. Nikolitch

Dianne Sue Parkison

Charles A Pratt


Kenneth E. Aupperle

Jack Boelema

Jerome Geimer

Paul Robert Hallman

Eric D. Hansen

Victor E. Hart

inda Hayner

George D. Jepson

Stuart Michael Jones

Craig Joseph Kaelin

Lawrence Leo LaPomarda

Chalres Wayne Lockwood

Douglas W. Lombard

Kay L. Long

David J. Mowrey

George T. Sink

Melvin Russel Starr

Lawrence Treadwell, III

Robert E. Treloar

David Alden Winter


Neil N. Browne

William K. Hachmann

Marilyn J. Hughes

James D. King

Ronald A. Refior

Daniel J. Yakes


Janice L. Brill

Ellsworth H. Brown

Jung K. Choi

James P. Edmiston

Janice Fariborz

Sylvia Dianne Hoffert

John Patrick Kelly

Robert W. Ryan


John Archart

Edgar J. Fredericks

Susan Sandra Huston

Tom Malloy


Edward Gorn

Adolph Gurndman

Lynn Lindeman

William R. Mitchell

John W. Nott

John F. Riddick

Edward H. Schneerer

Ojars Andris Smits

Matthew Tomasiewicz


Ruth Allen

Carol Zainfeld Becker

E. Gilman

Charles John Goodall

Michael H. Parsons

James M Rigterink

In Suk Ro

George W. Shipman

Donald Stroup

William J. German

James A. Tolhuizen

Ruth G. Tydeman


Patrick Kay Bidelman

Viola Gross

Robert A. Hageman

Tyrell Hughes

Ronald Eugene Kuiper

Keith Ross Speiran

Grace B. Walz


James C. Duram

Phyllis Korzilius

Wayne C. Mann


Cornelius Eringaard


Donald E. Black

Robert C. Harris

William E. Lombari

Grace Rogers Mauzy


Kenneth John Van Dellen


Gerald L. Reagan


Fletcher Cooper


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